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2 days ago · COPD/ Emphysema in Lung Health

Thanks for jumping in @clipper. You're absolutely right. I appreciate your posting these links. I hate to see people throw money at unproven treatments. It is so hard to accept that the promise of regeneration medicine isn't ready yet.

Where evidence shows effectiveness, FDA approval can be expedited, like for the Zephr valves.
– FDA Approves Zephyr Endobronchial Valve For Treating Severe Emphysema https://www.copdfoundation.org/About-Us/Press-Room/Press-Releases/Article/1391/FDA-Approves-Zephyr-Endobronchial-Valve-For-Treating-Severe-Emphysema.aspx

All the best with the procedure and yes, please return to tell us about your experience. How long are you expected to be in the hospital?

2 days ago · extreme outer ear pain in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

@cameronjarvis83, welcome to Connect. You'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion group about outer ear problems. Click VIEW & REPLY to see the discussion and scroll through past messages.

Did I understand correctly from your message that you are 13 years old and you've had pain and redness on your outer ear off and on for the past 5 years? Have you tried different pillows? Is it worse after sleeping?

2 days ago · Uterine clear cell carcinoma in Gynecologic Cancers

Welcome to Connect, @bruges. Uterine clear-cell carcinoma is very rare. @kate123 has also posted on Connect about this rare type of cancer. And there are several members are discussing ovarian clear-cell carcinoma here:

– Rare cancer: ovarian clear cell carcinoma https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/rare-cancer/
– Endometrial Carcinoma: Rare, aggressive, hard to treat but don't worry https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/rare-aggressive-hard-to-treat-but-donthe-worry/

Bruges, while we wait for others to join the discussion, let's get to know more about you. When were you diagnosed? What treatments are you or have you had? How are you doing?

2 days ago · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

Hi @sandyabbey, You're back in the c-difficile discussions now. Here are a couple of ways to find your way back to discussions you have participated in.

Option A: Browse topics in group
1. Go to the Digestive Health group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/digestive-gastrointestinal-problems/tab/discussions/
2. Browse through the topics to find c diff related discussions.

Option B: Use your profile
Your profile shows a history of all the posts you've made.
1. Go to your profile.
2. Scroll to "Posts"
3. Click on a discussion title.

Option C: Email notifications
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If you need further assistance or have questions about navigating the site, feel free to contact me using this form: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/contact-a-community-moderator/

2 days ago · Neuropathy and breast cancer in Breast Cancer

Karen, neuropathy is a known side effect of paclitaxal. Not everyone gets neuropathy, but some do. Sometimes pre-exiting conditions like diabetes or having had chemo before can put someone at higher risk for neuropathy. Sometimes the damage can be permanent and in some cases the nerves can recover, but recovery may take 18 months to five years or longer. This article from Livestrong explains:


2 days ago · Neuropathy and breast cancer in Breast Cancer

Hi @pcbs, you might be interested in taking part in discussions in the following groups:
– Bones, Joints & Muscles https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/arthritis-and-joint-conditions-268850/
– Chronic Pain https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/pain/

You'll find many helpful and supportive members talking about degenerative disc disease, back issues and weaning off pain medications. If you need further assistance navigating the site, feel free to send me a message using this form: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/contact-a-community-moderator/

2 days ago · Oil Cyst in Breast in Breast Cancer

Hey @kat9606, did you decide to have the cyst biopsied? I believe @cindylb talked about having cysts before too.

2 days ago · COPD and stem cell treatment in Lung Health

Hi @justapril, I moved your message to this existing discussion about COPD and stem cell therapy in the Lung Health group. I recommend reading through the past messages in this discussion as well as these:

– Stem Cells / Regeneration https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/stem-cells-regeneration/

Regenerative medicine for COPD is still in the research phase. Do use caution about promises made by some clinics.

To help people learn more about the proven therapies and the promise of developing therapies, Mayo Clinic offers a free telephone consult service. When you call the consult service, they will tell you about the availability of approved stem cell therapy at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere, and for what conditions. You can learn more about the Consult Service here http://www.mayo.edu/research/centers-programs/center-regenerative-medicine/patient-care/clinical-services/regenerative-medicine-consult-service.
Or call 1-844-276-2003 to speak with one of our experts.

@justapril you may also wish to join the Lung Cancer group here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/lung-cancer/